Watch Your BMW Park Itself

This article was written on July 11, 2006 by CyberNet.


If you have a two car garage that barely has enough room for both cars then you need this BMW! Once you have installed the reflective plate in your garage the BMW will be able to park itself. When you pull-up to the garage you get out of the car (yes, you read that right) and press a button on your remote to initiate the parking sequence. The BMW will then flip the mirrors inward to make sure that they are not knocked off and then it will accelerate. It is really that simple! Now you don’t have to worry about not having enough room to get out of your car when you park in the garage.

I can already picture the first headliner…”Car Drives Straight Through A Garage Into A Swimming Pool”.

News Source: Wired News

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MyFive: Things We Wished the iPhone 3G Had

This article was written on July 27, 2008 by CyberNet.

iPhones.jpgAs we’ve mentioned, CyberNet’s iPhone 3G review will be coming within the next week or so. We decided not to post it right away so we could have ample time to test out all of the new features. In the mean time, we thought we’d fill ya in on five things we wished the iPhone 3G had. It sure is a nice device, but it isn’t perfect. Here’s what we’d like to see on a 3rd generation iPhone. Apple, are you listening?

1. More Than a 2 Megapixel Camera

The original iPhone came with a 2 megapixel camera so it would have been nice to see Apple upgrade the camera to say, a 5 megapixel camera. Their goal is to have you use one device instead of many (phone, iPod, GPS, camera, all in one), but we’re still not ready to ditch our camera in favor of a 2 Megapixel camera on our iPhone 3G. This leads us to #2…

2. A Flash for the Camera and Video Recording

Another big thing missing from the iPhone 3G is a flash for the camera and the capability to record video. Sometimes it’s impossible to take great pictures without a flash and video recording is slowly becoming a standard. Remember all of those rumors that the iPhone was going to have a camera on the front as well for video-conferencing? That would have been nice too.

3. Multimedia Messaging Service

Lots of phones out there have the capability to send and receive multimedia messages, but not the iPhone 3G. For those who were used to such a service and used it regularly to send media on other phones, switching to the iPhone 3G where there isn’t an option will probably be a let-down.

4. A Replaceable Battery

A replaceable battery was one of the biggest complaints we heard with the original iPhone and now it’s a big complaint again with the iPhone 3G. People like to have control over replacing something like the battery, and some people like to carry around an extra for those times when they won’t have an outlet available to them for charging. This is something that isn’t possible because Apple does not allow users to replace the battery themselves. Maybe the 3rd generation will finally include a replaceable battery?

5. 32GB Option

It seems funny to think that just a year ago, Apple introduced a 4GB iPhone. 4GB? That’s it? 4GB hardly seems like anything these days. And while 4GB isn’t much, 8GB and even 16GB doesn’t seem like a whole lot. They’ve got a 32GB iPod Touch, so why not a 32GB iPhone 3G? We’re thinking they’ve already thought of this and like last year, they’ll quickly discontinue the 8GB model and introduce the 32GB model.

We know many of you have rather large collections of music and photos, so storage on any device is a must!

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Google Android Devices Demonstrated

This article was written on February 11, 2008 by CyberNet.

Google Android Right now the Mobile World Congress is going on in Barcelona, and sites like Gizmodo and Engadget are there taking in all of the gadget goodness. Google Android is, as expected, a hot topic of the show. Although still early in development there are some devices available that have been whipped up to serve as a development platform.

Before you get all excited I should let you know that there’s nothing yet that will leave you in awe. Gizmodo’s video demonstration of a device does open the browser, but there’s currently no way to input information so that you can actually browse the web. Heck, most of the prototypes available at the show are still just screens attached to circuit boards, and have yet to be placed inside any sort of casing.

I was hoping to see some more of the touch-screen goodness that we saw in the previous video demonstration provided by Google, but that device apparently wasn’t available at the show today. I guess we’ll have to leave all of our iPhone comparisons for the future. What are your initial impressions of the Android platform?

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PCWorld Tells Us What The 50 Greatest Gadgets Are Of All Time

This article was written on December 24, 2005 by CyberNet.

PCWorld has released what they believe to be the 50 best gadgets throughout the decades. They range from 1954 all the way to 2004! Some of them are pretty obvious, while others you will wonder what they are. If you aren’t sure what an item is just click on the link to view it on

  1. Sony Walkman TPS-L2 (1979)
  2. Apple iPod (2001)
  3. (Tie) ReplayTV RTV2001 and TiVo HDR110 (1999)
  4. PalmPilot 1000 (1996)
  5. Sony CDP-101 (1982)
  6. Motorola StarTAC (1996)
  7. Atari Video Computer System (1977)
  8. Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera (1972)
  9. M-Systems DiskOnKey (2000)
  10. Regency TR-1 (1954)
  11. Sony PlayStation 2 (2000)
  12. Motorola Razr V3 (2004)
  13. Motorola PageWriter (1996)
  14. BlackBerry 850 Wireless Handheld (1998)
  15. Phonemate Model 400 (1971)
  16. Texas Instruments Speak & Spell (1978)
  17. Texas Instruments SR-10 (1973)
  18. Diamond Multimedia Rio PMP300 %281998)
  19. Sony Handycam DCR-VX1000 (1995)
  20. Handspring Treo 600 (2003)
  21. Zenith Space Command (1956)
  22. Hamilton Pulsar (1972)
  23. Kodak Instamatic 100 (1963)
  24. MITS Altair 8800 (1975)
  25. Radio Shack TRS-80 Model 100 (1983)
  26. Nintendo Game Boy (1989)
  27. Commodore 64 (1982)
  28. Apple Newton MessagePad (1994)
  29. Sony Betamax (1975)
  30. Sanyo SCP-5300 (2002)
  31. iRobot Roomba Intelligent Floorvac (2002)
  32. Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer (1999)
  33. Franklin Rolodex Electronics REX PC Companion (1997)
  34. Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 10 (1998)
  35. Motorola DynaTAC 8000X (1983)
  36. Iomega Zip Drive (1995)
  37. Magnavox Magnavision Model 8000 DiscoVision Videodisc Player (1978)
  38. Milton Bradley Simon (1978)
  39. Play, Inc Snappy Video Snapshot (1996)
  40. Connectix QuickCam (1994)
  41. BellSouth/IBM Simon Personal Communicator (1993)
  42. Motorola Handie Talkie HT-220 Slimline (1969)
  43. Polaroid Swinger (1965)
  44. Sony Aibo ERS-110 (1999)
  45. Sony Mavica MVC-FD5 (1997)
  46. Learjet Stereo-8 (1965)
  47. Timex/Sinclair 1000 (1982)
  48. Sharp Wizard OZ-7000 (1989)
  49. Jakks Pacific TV Games (2002)
  50. Poqet PC Model PQ-0164 (1990)

News Source: PCWorld

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These Are Nokia’s Hot New Windows Phones (Updated: Hands On)

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Best Buy Pulls Analog TVs Off the Shelves

This article was written on October 17, 2007 by CyberNet.

As a further indication that analog TV is on its way out and digital is in, Best Buy has announced that they have pulled all of the analog TVs they had left off of the store shelves.  Just about two months ago at my local Best Buy, they still had a small portion of one aisle dedicated to the analog TVs while flat panel and high definition screens took over aisle upon aisle of space. According to the AP, about a month ago all of the Best Buy stores were told to stop selling those TVs and to use the space for more of the flat panel screens.

The digital switchover already started around the world with Luxembourg being the first country to switch to digital broadcasting on September 1st, 2006. The Netherlands made the switch in December of 2006, while Finland recently made the switch on September 1st, 2007. As Richard points out in the CyberNet Forum, the digital switch over in the UK started yesterday. It’s happening everywhere, so when can we expect it to happen in the U.S.? Technically, the answer is “no later than February 17, 2009″ which is the date that has been ordered by the FCC, but that doesn’t mean it won’t change. Let me explain…

analog tv

An article that I recently came across written by a columnist for MSNBC back on April 24,2005 read: “Television as we know it may end at exactly midnight Dec. 31, 2006. That’s the date congress targeted, a decade ago, for the end of analog television broadcasting and a full cut-over to a digital format.” Well, December 31st 2006 came and went, and we still have analog TV. Perhaps this was due in part to the 70 million TV sets at the time that were still using rabbit-ears or a roof-top antenna? If so, we still haven’t made much progress because the recent statistic tells us that more than 60 million TVs in the U.S. still rely on an analog method.

This time around, I’m thinking that the February 2009 date will be enforced. People have had sufficient time to do something about this, and for those who don’t want to/can’t afford to go out and buy a new TV, the government will be giving them coupons so that they can buy a converter box which Best Buy will start selling early in 2008. The FCC also recently ruled that cable operators must make the local broadcasts available to their subscribers, even if they have analog TV, until 2012. According to Wikipedia, the FCC will review the case at that point, and they could decide to extend that date even further.

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Apple Acknolwedges Issues with 1st Gen iPod Nano

This article was written on August 20, 2008 by CyberNet.

first gen ipod.pngFirst generation iPod Nano owners may have a little more to worry about than the simple fact their devices are going on three years old. Japan’s trade ministry recently blamed the battery in the 1st gen iPod nano’s for causing three fires. In addition to the fires, there were two cases of people getting burned from them, just in Japan.

After complaints, and more recently Japan’s report, Apple has acknowledged that there is a problem. According to CNET, Apple addressed the issue saying, “Apple has determined that in very rare cases, batteries in first generation iPod nanos sold between September 2005 and December 2006 can overheat causing failure and deformation of the iPod nano. Apple has received very few reports of such incidents, which have been traced back to a single battery supplier.”

Failure and deformation? It sounds funny that they would discuss the “deformation” of their iPod nano, but if they are catching fire, they would get a little deformed.

For those who still have a 1st generation iPod nano and you are concerned about your device overheating or catching fire, you can contact AppleCare and they’ll work-out getting you a replacement.

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Flaming Computer Case Modification

This article was written on August 03, 2006 by CyberNet.

Flaming Computer Case Modification

The last time we wrote about case modifications, we took a look at some of the coolest Xbox mods, some with LED lights, others with a fancy paint job. We’ve been intrigued with the creativity, not to mention the personalization that comes out of modifying a case.

Flaming Computer Case Modification

We just came across the Hacked Gadgets Forum where someone has made a ‘flaming case’ modification to their computer. It’s certainly not your typical modification to say the least. It looks insane! Someone definitely put a lot of thought and time into this one!

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